Learn how to save money when you travel for business.
The old saying goes, ‘you have to spend money to make money,’ right? While this is sometimes true, not every small business wants to pay out for a business trip across the country, even if it is to land a few sales. If you’re looking to save money on business travel, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are some easy (and simple!) ways to save!
Use smaller airports. If you have a choice, opt to fly out of Santa Ana rather than LAX; Oakland instead of San Francisco; Baltimore instead of Washington D.C. Your flight will most likely be cheaper, and the airport may be less hectic than an international airport.
Expand your trip. If you’re flying to a business conference or customer meeting, add on an extra day or two. Use these days to meet with other clients, potential customers, or suppliers as a way to expand your possible return on travel investment. What’s more, you could save money by flying out on low-peak days rather than over the weekend.
Fly alone. Instead of taking the whole team, choose one capable person to make the journey alone. Gear them up with the right documents and procedures so that you only pay for one person’s travel.
Cash in your miles for business. More often than not, it’s better to cash in your air miles for business travel. Even if you were saving them for your trip around the world next year, you’d have more time to look for cheaper deals for a personal flight, rather than a last-minute business trip.
Don’t dine out. Save money at the airport by taking your own snacks. Airplane food is expensive and not the healthiest! Furthermore, treat the clients to coffee instead of a dinner, and do a small supermarket shop instead of dining out while away.